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Fort Lewis College


Durango, CO

Build to Scale Program

Venture Challenge

Project Name

Starting, Scaling, and Sustaining Entrepreneurship in Rural Southwest Colorado

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match



Fort Lewis College (FLC), in partnership with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Animas Accelerator, will leverage the FLC Center for Innovation located in Durango, Colorado, as a central hub to support all levels of entrepreneurship via in-person and virtual support throughout the region. The project will foster commercialization and entrepreneurship, linking resources and innovation to maximize economic opportunity. Project partners will work together to collaborate on advancing efforts to inspire and support high-growth companies in the rural economic development region. The project will provide entrepreneurs and businesses with access to information, programming, targeted mentoring, and preparation for potential capital that will allow them to launch or strengthen their companies. Services and solutions will address all stages of business development. The project will build and strengthen a regional pipeline of more qualified and diverse business professionals and entrepreneurs, ultimately resulting in more high-wage jobs and a more resilient regional economy.

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Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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